Length 3 weeks
Accreditations Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)
Sectors Emergency Services

Course overview

The Fire Service College (FSC) is dedicated to providing the best tuition possible, with instructors in the Fire Craft department sharing over 150 years of experience operationally and training fire services worldwide.

The FSC offers an amalgamation of the 3 Fire Craft Courses for personnel looking to advance their careers in the fire safety industry: With the introduction of this course, it allows the delegate to gain qualifications in all 3 subject areas - The Breathing Apparatus Instructor Course (BAI) Fire Behaviour Training Instructor Course (FBTI) & Tactical Ventilation (TVI) this course is Tactical Fire Course (TFC). All areas of the individual courses are covered within this new course ensuring all students get comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the 3 subjects which will allow them to teach them individually with the added confidence to be able to link the 3 areas when delivering to their students. This will aid them in gaining all of their Fire Craft knowledge in 1 course.

The 3 Week Course and will cover:

Firefighter training scenario with firefighter with oxygen tank

Breathing Apparatus Instructor Course (BAI)

The BAI element of the course has been updated to encompass the modifications outlined in the National Operational Guidance and ensure that it continues to meet the high level of learner requirements. The course is designed for personnel who need to design and deliver safe and effective breathing apparatus training, including individuals who are starting their careers in a training centre.

The course covers topics such as BA procedures and equipment, physiology of respiration, heat and humidity, principles of safety, risk assessment, and training and exercise planning. After successful completion of the course, learners will be able to plan and facilitate practical BA sessions, lead familiarisation with BA set and ancillary equipment, and debrief those involved in the BA session.

Key Benefits:

  • Understand the use and safety procedures relating to BA instruction.
  • Plan breathing apparatus practical sessions
  • Facilitate practical BA sessions.
  • Debrief those involved in the BA session.
Firefighter trainees tackling large fire with fire hose

Fire Behaviour Training Instructor Course (FBTI)

The FBTI element of the course ensures instructors have the abilities to safely operate FB units alongside the delivery of theoretical and practical training. It has been updated to include fire training in large buildings and case studies to provide an extensive and in-depth curriculum.

The course covers topics such as the science and behaviour of fire, fire gas ignitions, flashover and backdraught, container systems (gas and carbonaceous), small-scale simulation, door assessments, water application and techniques, BA equipment training, exercise planning/control, and incident study.

After successful completion of the course, learners will be able to instruct and have a sound underpinning knowledge of the principles of combustion, how fire develops and spreads within compartments, and the methods used by firefighters to deal with and prevent fire development within a compartment. Additionally, they will know the safety procedures relating to training in fire development within a compartment, be able to respond to the conditions within compartments, and demonstrate firefighting techniques prior to and after compartment entry.

Key Benefits:

  • Design and deliver theoretical and practical training in flashover, backdraught, and fire gas ignitions competently and safely.
  • Understand how to implement safety procedures.
  • Conduct a Compartment Fire Behaviour Training session.
Fire training building

Tactical Ventilation Instructor (TVI)

The Tactical Ventilation element of the course covers architectural design and more innovative construction methodologies, it is essential for today's modern firefighters to understand the optimal tactical ventilation tactics and techniques required for different types of buildings. To ensure that our TVI element of the course continues to meet learner requirements.

Key Benefits:

  • New theoretical material to aid with the understanding of tactical ventilation techniques.
  • This course enables learners to design and deliver training including Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV). Natural ventilation
  • Offensive and defensive use of ventilation
  • Sequential ventilation scenarios in all types of buildings and layout    
  • Encompasses updated tactical phases of ventilation stated in NOG.
  • Conduct a PPV training session.
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Learning outcomes

The Tactical Fire Course will bring together the 3 subject areas ensuring all delegates will have taken part, designed, and delivered training covering:

  • Extensive range of differing and challenging realistic exercise venues – including simulated commercial, industrial, and domestic type scenarios – to provide breadth of experience.
  • Practical stairwell protection exercises to enable use of appropriate techniques.
  • Practical basement & High-Rise exercises to enable use of appropriate techniques.
Building floorplan

How is the course assessed and accredited?

This course is assessed against the learning outcomes using practical observation throughout the course and testing of the underpinning knowledge in the technical areas of BA equipment and procedures. Successful completion of this course will result in the award of 67 Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Continual Professional Development (CPD) hours.

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